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Want to learn how to embroider eyes the way I do it?
I have a particular way I make eyes when I draw, and when I translated those drawings into embroideries I had a hard time choosing a stitch that gave me just the effect I wanted.
A French knot was too round.
A simple straight stitch was, well, too straight. And too flat.
Padded satin stitch is great for larger eyes, but I needed something that would work for small faces and eyes.
I tried a lot of different stitches, and combinations of stitches until I finally hit on something that was just right. If I had to give it a name, I guess I’d call it a padded straight stitch?
So now I’m going to show you how to embroider eyes using this special stitch. I use this for all of my doll and softie faces, as well as any other small faces I stitch.
Want to practice stitching eyes? Try this Monster Mash embroidery pattern full of monster faces.
Lots of eyes to embroider in there!
The Under the Sea pattern is also full of eyes for you to embroider.
Try my new embroidery book! Over 500 fun motifs – all embroidered using the easiest, most basic stitches. Get the book here.